A Cut Score is defined as the minimum passing score on an NCCER assessment test as prescribed through the test development process. This minimum passing score is usually 70, but may range from the 60s to the 80s depending on the test. A score higher than or equal to the cut score will provide the participant with a passing result. A score lower than the cut score will provide a "Training Recommended" result.

Pipeline assessments are different in that a participant is required to pass each topic area of the test at the cut score minimum to pass the overall test—this is for covered task qualifications tied to industry regulations and is unique to the pipeline assessments.